Town of Arena Board Minutes

September 9, 2013



PRESENT:  Dave Lucey, John Wright, Bill Gauger, Cathy Acker, Kevin Paar, Dave Meudt

OTHERS: Carl Thorsen (Scott Construction), Dave Meinholz,  Skip and Nancy Pope,


The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm.  Roll call was taken. Minnie Gauger not present..


 -Wright motioned to approve the minutes of August 5, 2013 meeting Gauger seconded.  Minutes approved.


-Thorsen, Scott Construction- Ideas on what we can do beside patch.  We have spent approximately $20,000 to date.  Discussion on possible alternatives and cost effectiveness.  Talked about the difference between cold mix and hot mix.  Lucey questioned if we could qualify for TRIP on ‘Roberts Road using cold mix.  Thorsen says it depends on the Commissioner.  He gave us some estimates to do Roberts Road different ways.  Wedging is only if the road is out of profile.  Wedging isn’t the issue. If the road is structurally sound wedging is good.  Is the base failing?  Because it isn’t being sealed.  Every five to seven years roads should be sealed.  80 miles of road in township.  The budget will not cover all this.    A road inspection with Thorsen and the Board might be in order in November.  Will talk with him again later this fall. 


-Dave Meinholtz- Building Permit.  Lucey, Anding, Wright, Schutte, Hottmann checked out the driveway and approved it. There will be one pullout instead of two and wider.   Gauger motioned for a building permit on Zwettler Road, Wright seconded.  Motioned carried.  Still needs to pay for the building permit. Would like to walk the driveway again after house is built. 


-Popes want at least one sign on Ray Hollow Road for caution animal crossing.  They have sheep.  They park vehicles with flashers and people on the road when they cross.  There is a knoll and vehicles do not always see them until it might be too late. Board recommends two signs. Meudt said they will try to do a sheep sign, but may have to be a cattle crossing.  Wright motioned that we install two signs at Popes on Ray Hollow Road.  Gauger seconded.  With the understanding that if they are stolen too often we may not be able to replace them.  Motion carried. 


-Meudt needs tires for his town vehicle.  Approximately $417.34 each.  Gauger will check on re-treads. Lucey motioned to purchase new tires for town truck.  Wright seconded.  Would like to put on new, but will check.  Motion carried. 


-Discussion on patching, seal-coating, gravel, etc of roads.


-No discussion on Adopt-A-Highway.

-No discussion on Bicycle Ordinance.  Will not be pursuing.

-TRIP Program – Lucey discussed and this year it is more towards bridges, large culverts.  We will probably not qualify for Roberts Road.

-Road Inspection sheet to be filled out by Paar and Acker.

-Recycle Grant deadline. Acker will fill out the forms and submit.


-Gauger motioned to approve the bills as presented.  Wright seconded.  Motion carried.


-Gauger mentioned possibility of tire clean sweep at Gaugers Salvage.    


-Gauger motioned to adjourn.  Wright seconded.  Motion carried.


Next Meeting October 7, 2013